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For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved. This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash th For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved. This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash the creativity of children and teenagers aged 5+. Employing a variety of expressive arts including art, music, stories, poetry and film, the activities are designed to teach social skills development, anger control strategies, conflict resolution and thinking skills. Also included are character education activities and ideas for conducting therapeutic day camps, including sample schedules and handouts. The activities can be used in many different settings with all ages, are flexible, and can be adapted for use with individuals or groups. Brimming with imaginative ideas, this resource will be invaluable to anyone working with children and teenagers, including school counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists and teachers.


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For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved. This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash th For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved. This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash the creativity of children and teenagers aged 5+. Employing a variety of expressive arts including art, music, stories, poetry and film, the activities are designed to teach social skills development, anger control strategies, conflict resolution and thinking skills. Also included are character education activities and ideas for conducting therapeutic day camps, including sample schedules and handouts. The activities can be used in many different settings with all ages, are flexible, and can be adapted for use with individuals or groups. Brimming with imaginative ideas, this resource will be invaluable to anyone working with children and teenagers, including school counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists and teachers.

30 review for The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peaches

    If you're a camp counselor or a therapist desiring to get into expressive arts, this book is pretty accessible. I enjoyed that it has some Ecotherapy components and that everything is pretty straightforward. Sure, I'm a teacher of older students and was hoping for more that I could adapt (I self-selected to read this for a class with those hopes), but I get that wasn't Joiner's intention when writing. The bibliotherapy components were especially lacking for me, but therapists are not using texts If you're a camp counselor or a therapist desiring to get into expressive arts, this book is pretty accessible. I enjoyed that it has some Ecotherapy components and that everything is pretty straightforward. Sure, I'm a teacher of older students and was hoping for more that I could adapt (I self-selected to read this for a class with those hopes), but I get that wasn't Joiner's intention when writing. The bibliotherapy components were especially lacking for me, but therapists are not using texts the same way. My one concern is that she encourages political discussions and, though this was written before our country has gotten even more hyper-sensitive, therapists, teachers, and anyone working with youth should be aware of the possible outcomes of bringing up politics (every youth has some guardian who will happily step in and argue for his/her point...).

  2. 4 out of 5

    T

    Great activities!!! All art-based.

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